Who We Are

The Association of Ontario Champions (AOC) consists of members of quartets that have won the Ontario District Quartet Championship or have qualified to be Representatives at the International Convention held each summer. Each year we hold a Pep Rally fund raiser to support current International Representatives with their travel expenses to International Convention cities.

Founded in 1961

It was something that Greg Backwell and Jim Turner had been thinking about for some time. They visualized an organization which would be a bond for all Ontario District Champions from 1947 on (including International Representatives).


After consulting with Ron WilliamsonGeorge Shields and Bert Ellis, they decided to move ahead.

The Association Of Past Ontario Champions was presented to the board, and made official at the 1961 Spring Convention in London, Ontario.

A new quartet became the first members of the "new" APOC (now AOC) when the Rhythm Counts won the right to go, with the Nighthawks, to the International Contest the following July. Actually they joined with the 158 men, representing 14 quartets (since 1947), who became members that same weekend.


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